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Lomilomi, The Traditions of
Hawaiian Massage and Healing links us – the
readers - with the past by sharing
the words and voices of special indigenous Hawaiian people who have
healing path before us and who
helped make lomilomi what it is
treasure this book for creating a bridge
between me and my current lomilomi colleagues in our present time with
who practiced lomilomi in the past and who have already
“walked the rainbow.” The
wealth of historical information in this book, and especially the felt
of the elders via their words, is precious indeed!
humility which I appreciate, Makana
Risser Chai identifies herself as the editor of this lomilomi reference
rather than as its author. As
contribution to our global lomilomi community, Makana researched and
through about 200 sources and then consolidated and organized in this
book the numerous
but mostly very brief quotes she found.
then added extensive commentary to add context and continuity to the
and wrote an expansive introduction.
Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi
is not a lomilomi training
manual. In the
words of Kumu Lomi Brenda
Mohalapua Ignacio, “This book serves our local teachers
rather than seeks
sources Makana drew from include books,
articles and oral histories found in Hawaiian language newspapers and
and archives of the Bishop Museum, the University of Hawaii, the Hawaii
government, and Hawaii medical associations.
Each source contained only scraps and tidbits of
this book a labor of love. (To
of my knowledge, no extensive, single source, written
documentation of lomilomi from the
topics covered in this book include:
work opens the way for us her
readers to integrate the voices of the past into our understanding and
practice of lomilomi. I highly recommend
Mo’olelo Lomilomi for serious students of
lomilomi and Hawaiian culture.
you Makana for the gift that you are,
and for the gift that Na Mo’olelo Lomilomi is to our shared